So, Santa Barbara would beat the Harwich Mariners or the Cotuit Ketleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League in head-to-head competition? I'm not so sure.
Santa Barbara won the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, KS, this summer. Their roster was filled with talent from top collegiate baseball programs. And apparently their players were regular readers of PGCrosschecker, which Cape League players may not have been.
"In the end, our choice for the No. 1 position is Santa Barbara," PGCrosschecker wrote. "And the recognition isn’t likely to be lost on the Foresters players. 'It was really interesting how the players on our club paid attention to the Crosschecker rankings, and don’t think they didn’t,' said long-time Foresters manager Bill Pintard. 'They were well aware of who a lot of the top teams were once we got to Wichita, and we were ready for them.'"
Adding insult to injury, the Cape League's champion (the Harwich Mariners) only managed 3rd place in the national rankings. The Maryland Orioles of the Cal Ripken League took second.
I can't argue with the West Coast Collegiate Baseball League's 5th place assignment. The WCCBL's Corvalis Knights (owned by Nike founder Phil Knight's wife) just beat the Wenatchee Apple Sox in two games. Last year, if memory serves, the Cape League's Y-D Red Sox and the WCCBL Champion Moses Lake Pirates topped the PGCrosschecker list.
Five of the top 32 teams were Cape League teams. Alaska barely cracked the top 10.
What do you think?